Hello everyone! Today, I’ve been sitting here thinking about the question: what do you do when you’re not allowed to go do anything? Covid-19 has been tearing through the U.S. for months, and while I have been (un)lucky enough to work outside of the house this entire time, I haven’t really gone anywhere else if I didn’t need to. Now that the pandemic has been getting even worse, I’ve been making an effort to not get too comfortable and stay vigilantly aware of the virus.
This has resulted in a LOT of boredom. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen particular cooking videos or Let’s Plays. I can only scroll through social media so much before I’ve seen everything for the day. The days still blend together regardless of if I have to go to work or not. I can only imagine how the people who have been able to stay completely quarantined feel right about now.
Lately, I’ve been pushing myself to get back to the hobbies I enjoy: writing stories, painting and photography, video games…But once I am finished fueling my boredom into creativity, I find myself stuck in the same “Now what?” problem.
The weather has been cooling off recently, and I’ve been able to talk myself into going on walks from time to time. Sometimes Matt will come into the living room and make me get up and walk around the park with him if it’s been a particularly lazy Mary day. Moving (especially on a weekend day) makes me feel somewhat less bored. I like being outside, as long as I don’t have a bad allergy day, or as long as it’s not too hot. Walking around on a partly cloudy day is always fun for me because I can take pictures of clouds that I tell myself I’ll paint later (but never do).
If it’s nighttime, or if it’s raining, I’ll try to write a story. Lately, I’ve been inspired by my newest idea. I’ve been calling it “Years Apart”, but I don’t think that will be the title because the more I develop the plot, the less sense that title makes! Stefan and Luke’s story is much, much deeper than I anticipated in the beginning of story building.
Because of the way I need to tell the story in order for it to make sense, I’m experimenting with writing in different points of view (ya know, POVs). Right now, the plan is to stick to Stefan and Luke’s POVs. I don’t want to include too many people’s stories because that makes following a story way harder than it needs to be. Depending on when I would introduce a new POV might really throw off the future readers as well. It always throws me off when that happens in books and it really drives me crazy! So, sticking to the two boys makes the most sense to me right now.
When all else fails, I start cooking. Cooking has always given me something to do that I actually enjoy. It’s also something I kind of need to do more; most of the time, laziness takes over and we buy carryout. It’s not awful to get outside food! But when you do it everyday, it gets expensive.
I was getting bored with what I was cooking (spaghetti is just SO easy to make), so I’ve been scrolling through Pinterest to find new recipes. Pinterest is the only social media I don’t really feel bad getting lost in because I find new ways to do things and new hobbies to explore through it. So, this week’s menu is slightly different than the norm (General Tso’s instead of just plain ol’ chicken and rice, for example), and I’m pretty excited to try some new foods!
Honestly, when you can’t leave the house for much, it kind of sucks. Finding simple ways to enjoy life at home sounds difficult, especially if you’re not motivated to do so. Lighting a fire under yourself is one of the hardest things to do, but pushing through the fog of unmotivation, whether or not it’s depression or just a simple “meh” feeling is something that will make the (semi)quarantined life way less awful.
Now that I’ve been trying to motivate myself to do more than just sit and veg all day, I’ve been in a better mood overall. If you find things you enjoy doing, you may feel better too! Explore what hobbies and skills you have or ones you don’t, or even ones you forgot about. Anything you can think of that you want to do, do it. As long as you stay safe and healthy, the world is your oyster!
Thanks for reading, everyone! I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about all week for today’s post. “Years Apart” has turned out to be quite the story…I need to dive deeper into world building before I can share snippets with you, so stay tuned for that!
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